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Sign Language Interpreting

3rd edition

By Jemina Napier, Rachel Locker McKee and Della Goswell


This 3rd edition of Sign Language Interpreting has been revised to introduce sign language interpreters around the world to essential professional knowledge and contemporary best practice in the field.

The authors' expertise as sign language interpreter educators, practitioners, and researchers ensures this book integrates a deep knowledge of practical skills and models for sign language interpreting across a wide range of contexts and locations.

This new edition provides an updated overview of the profession, introducing contemporary theoretical and applied aspects of interpreting practice. Drawing on international sources, it discusses the interpreting process, the role of the interpreter, professionalism and ethics, as well as challenges and strategies for working in particular settings, and using specialist interpreting skills. Each chapter includes thought questions that guide readers to reflect on the information and issues presented.

This book is a valuable resource for sign language and interpreting students, interpreters entering the profession, as well as an international reference book for sign language interpreter practitioners, trainers and researchers.


About the authors

1. Introduction
2. Language Skills and Knowledge
3. Interpreter Competencies and Attributes
4. Role, Ethics and Professional Practice
5. The Interpreting Process
6. Communication Dynamics and Demands
7. Interpreting Contexts
8. Specialised Interpreting Skills
9. Working Conditions and Professional Practices

Appendix A: Recommended Readings
Appendix B: RID Code of Professional Conduct
Appendix C: ASLIA Code of Ethics and Guidelines for Professional Conduct
Appendix D: Sample Terms and Conditions
Appendix E: Sample Invoice



Reviews of previous editions:

This book is water to a parched earth. The need for multicultural, evidence-based texts on interpretation is significant. This volume not only addresses the general field of interpretation, it explicates the local context, and it also includes recent research and trends in practice as reflected in international professional literature.
         The authors of this book bring together a rich set of resources, knowledge, skills and experience. Further, they are each actively, respectfully and meaningfully involved in the communities Australasian interpreters are likely to be working with. The practical and the theoretical are nicely married in this text by authors who are wise teachers, fine researchers, excellent practitioners and women of integrity.
         Students, working interpreters and teachers of interpretation will find this book a valuable resource. We are so fortunate to have such a fine tool at our disposal, filled with useful and sophisticated information, yet accessible even to those who are just beginning their studies. From recent entrant into training to advanced interpreter with a great deal of experience in the field, this book will offer many benefits and is sure to become a necessary volume in every interpreter's library.

Sharon Neumann Solow, ASL & international Sign Interpreter, Interpreter, Educator & Consultant, From the Foreword

This is in many ways a pioneering book, addressing as it does the subject of sign language interpreting from an Australasian perspective… There are relatively few books written on this topic so whilst students will find it invaluable, it will also be useful to everyone interested in this area of work, both from Australasia and beyond. There is no doubt that this is an important contribution to our knowledge of sign language interpreting worldwide.

Liz Scott Gibson, Director, Deaf Action, Edinburgh and President, World Association of Sign Language Interpreters

This book is the first such book published in Australia and New Zealand, and will benefit training courses. It will surely enhance the quality of these courses, both at the vocational training and university levels. It will also be a valuable resource for professionals and consumers alike...

Robert Adam, Life Member and Past President of the Australian Association of the Deaf


Publishing 3 December 2018
Publisher The Federation Press
ISBN 9781760021719
Australian RRP $70.00
International Price $64.00
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